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New plant species is discovered in Vietnam


(11:17:28 AM, 06/10/2017)

The life form of Elatostema kimhyense

According to the Vietnam National Museum of Nature (under the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology), in collaboration with the Guangxi Institute of Botany (under the Chinese Academy of Sciences) to study the diversity of some groups of plants in Vietnam, the scientists have discovered and described a new plant species under the Urticaceae family. Its scientific name is Elatostema kimhyense Y. G. Wei & V. T. Do.

This finding was published in the Bulletin of Botanical Research.

The species is named according to the sampling site - Kim Hy Nature Reserve, Bac Kan, Vietnam.

Elatostema kimhyense Y. G. Wei & V. T. Do has morphological characteristics similar to Elatostema vietnamense Q. Lin & L. D. Duan but can be distinguished throughits live forms as herbaceous with no branches.There are bristle hairsunder the leaves;the stalk of male flower is shorter, about 1.5 - 3 mm; and the flower pattern is 5.

The new species is found in slits or rock niches where are humus and moist under broadleaved evergreen forest on limestone mountains in some special-use forests of North Vietnam such as Kim Hy Nature Reserve (Bac Kan), Bat Dai Son Nature Reserve (Ha Giang), Pu Luong Nature Reserve (Thanh Hoa).

According to science, all parts of the plant can be used as drugs for diseases such as rheumatism, gout and tendinitis…

Khanh An